Biography

Israel David Martinez (Barcelona, 1969) is one of the most sought after European composers of our time, praised for his brilliant works and frequently invited to release his new creations in the main concert halls of the continent.

He has numerous awards for national and international composition: National Award for Best Album of the Year (1988), Latin American Composition Competition (1992), Award of Saint Joan Vilatorrada Composition (1993), Reina Sofia International Composition Prize (1993), Salvador Espriu of Music Award (1995), Joaquin Turina Composition Prize (1998 and 2001), Manuel Valcarcel International Award (2002).

In the late nineties he was selected to represent the European Contemporary Music at the International Festival of New York. On that occasion his String Quartet no. 3 premiere elicited international recognition from critics and the public.

He has been nominated for the Grawemeyer Award and Coexistence Prize for promoting peace and brotherhood among different cultures through his work.

He gives lectures and seminars on the various tendencies in Twentieth Century Music at the Autonomous University of Madrid, in the Foundation Miró in Barcelona, at the Casa de America in Madrid and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

He has received numerous commissions from the Centre for the Diffusion of Contemporary Music, Juan March Foundation, the International Music Festival of Santander, the Madrid Community Choir, the Spanish Brass Luur Metals, etc.

His works have been performed in Germany, Bolivia, Canada, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Finland, France, England, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia and Sweden and premiered by Enesco Quartet, The Elsner String Quartet, Quatuor Parissi , Quatuor Diotima Quartet Arcana, Music XXI, Mompou Trio, Barcino Ibercamera Soloists Trio, Manon group, Logos Ensemble, Camerata of Madrid, Group 21, Spanish Brass Luur Metals, Enigma group, the Madrid Community Choir, Sant Jordi Chorus in Barcelona, Radio Symphony Orchestra Spanish Television, Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, etc.

The renowned pianist Lucille Chung has interpreted his complete Piano Studies in New York, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Miami and Santander.

He is Professor of Music Production and Digital Audio in Enti (Barcelona University) and Professor of Music Technology and Composition at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu.

In the context of music composition for films, usually works with the creator Fernando Prats.

El recreo de los perdidos is his first novel; A funny and scathing criticism on the art and culture of our day.

September 2015
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